The 2016 KTM Australian Amateur Cup was run and won at Round 9 of the Motul MX Nationals at Toowoomba yesterday, with KTM‰Ûªs very own Brad Polsoni collecting the championship honours in front of a full house of spectators at Echo Valley.
Polsoni was unstoppable from the minute he headed out onto the picturesque Toowoomba circuit yesterday morning, setting himself up with the fastest qualifying time, (1:52.369) leaving the likes of Callum Wastell (KTM) and Jesse Bishop (KTM) to chase his tail more than six seconds behind.
When bikes lined up for race one just after lunch, an impressive 23 riders stared down the start straight, ready for gates to drop. And it was no surprise to see Polsoni‰Ûªs KTM take the MXStore holeshot, but after one lap it was KTM‰Ûªs Reece Hoffman who was in the lead position.
After two laps though, Polsoni moved in to the top spot, a position which has become very familiar to him throughout the Amateur Cup championship. Second fastest qualifier Wastell also managed to get by Hoffman to move in to second, while Hoffman was forced back to third position.
With four laps in the books, the running order saw Polsoni continuing to lead, while Hoffman had reclaimed second position ahead of Wastell in third. Bishop, and Kawasaki‰Ûªs Jonathan Wheeler completed the top five standings, while Lachy Steen, Justin Hill, Nathan Krause and Daniel Figueroa all held down positions inside the top ten.
But as race one progressed, it was clear that no one was able to get close to Polsoni‰Ûªs undeniable form, stretching his lead out to more than ten seconds with only one lap remaining.
And when riders crossed the line for the final time in moto one, Polsoni took the race one victory, followed by Hoffman in second and Wastell in third. Bishop and Newton took fourth and fifth places respectively.
Wheeler, Steen, Hill, Figueroa and Krause all wrapped up moto one inside the top ten.
When the final race of the year kicked off for the KTM Amateur Cup class, riders knew that straight after racing commenced that the 2016 champions would be crowned.
And with a victory on his mind, Polsoni once again launched in to the early race lead, ahead of Hoffman in second and Bishop in third.
With five laps run, once again no one could get close to Polsoni‰Ûªs KTM machine, meanwhile behind him, Hoffman and Bishop continued to maintain second and third positions, from Wastell, Wheeler and Figueroa.
As race two reached it‰Ûªs closing stages, Polsoni was in the box seat to go undefeated for the entire series ‰ÛÒ but with only one lap remaining, Hoffman found the KTM leader‰Ûªs rear wheel and made his move, snatching away the race lead from Polsoni, one which he could not reclaim.
And when the chequered flag flew for the final time yesterday, it was Hoffman who secured the final race victory, followed by Polsoni who crossed the line in second, while Bishop held on for third.
However, despite finishing in second position on the Round podium alongside Hoffman (1st) and Bishop (3rd) yesterday, the man of the moment was Polsoni at Toowoomba. Collecting the 2016 KTM Australian Amateur Cup title with an impressive 207 points, ahead of Suzuki‰Ûªs Joel Newton who wrapped up the championship in second, followed by Justin Hill whose consistency saw him awarded with third.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm so pumped to wrap up the championship in Toowoomba. I almost went undefeated for the entire series, but I had to jump on the 125 for the second moto, so I did the best that I could,‰Û